Decatur’s Arlo to fill last spot with Korean barbecue restaurant

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Decatur’s Arlo to fill last spot with Korean barbecue restaurant

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This is the last remaing open space in Decatur’s Arlo development, which began renting apartments in May, 2016 (now about 95 percent full). This 4400 square foot indoor space, plus an 1100 square foot patio (not shown) will house a still unamed Korean BBQ restaurant, scheduled to open next March or April. Bill Banks for the AJC

Decatur’s Arlo development is filling its last available commercial space with a Korean barbecue restaurant. The eatery will occupy a 4,400-square-foot indoor space, plus an 1,100-square-foot patio.

Arlo opened just north of the railroad tracks on East Trinity Place in May 2016, former site of the notorious Relax Inn.

The new restaurant doesn’t yet have a name according to Scarlett Kim, whose father James Kim will be majority owner. The elder Kim is also majority owner of the 9292 Korean BBQ in Duluth, but Ms. Kim said Decatur will offer a different menu. Duluth, she said, which caters to a large Korean population, offers communal portions to its clientele base of family gatherings.

Decatur, she said, will retain the individual grills at each table, but will focus on smaller portions, bar snacks and slightly more casual dining. Through her influence Ms. Kim, a graduate student at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, the new restaurant will offer more vegan and vegetable dishes.

Early plans call for 30 tables inside and a bar sitting 10 to 25. Kim said the patio area is still a work in progress. Construction should start next month, with the restaurant opening in March or April.

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